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Family whose newborn son was saved by firefighters concerned about planned closure of local fire hall

KAWARTHA LAKES-Baby Gavin was just a few days old when he suddenly stopped breathing. Firefighters from the Oakwood Fire Hall were first on the scene and quickly revived him. Now Gavin’s parents are thanking the firefighters and expressing concern about the impending closure of the Oakwood Fire Hall.


Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst told Kawartha 411 there’s no need to worry.

“There will be no impact on response times when the Little Britain and Oakwood Fire Stations are consolidated into the Mariposa Station.” Pankhurst says.  “We are committed to continuing to meet or exceed the NFPA response times. Our mission is to protect the lives and property of residents and visitors in Kawartha Lakes.”

In 2018 The City decided to close the Oakwood and Little Britain Fire Halls and consolidate them into one station at Eldon and Salem Road.

The new hall will be approximately 4km from Gavin’s home.

Some residents have expressed concern about the extra time it could take fire crews to get to the new hall, suited up and then back to Oakwood.

After being thoroughly examined, hospital officials aren’t sure why Gavin stopped breathing. Mom ways the only possible explanation they could come up with was SIDS.

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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